MASS SCHEDULE: 26 October - 02 November

Saturday, 25 October
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — TOMEE L. GOWER
(27th anniversary of birth)
by her family

Sunday, 26 October
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — BOB and AG SCULLY
by their family
by Teresa Maley Neary

Monday, 27 October
by Rick, Kelly and Ryan Examitas

Wednesday, 29 October
08:00 am — JEAN FARRELL
by her brother, Joseph Muredda

Friday, 31 October
08:00 am — God’s blessings on: SISTER MARTIN dePORRES, OP
rescheduled from 22 October

Saturday, 01 November
All Saints Day (Sol)
08:00 am — Deceased: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of All Souls Day
by his mother, Ida Mae

Sunday, 02 November
All Souls Day
11:30 am — EDWARD and KATHRYN (Cuff) KUCHINSKY
by Kay Ellen Kuchinsky

 MASS SCHEDULE: 26 October - 02 November

Saturday, 25 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JAMES J. GOWNLEY
by Bob and Margaret Gownley and family

Sunday, 26 October
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — Deceased: KRICK FAMILY
by the Labie family

Tuesday, 28 October
SS. Simon and Jude, apostles (Fst)
by his family

Thursday, 30 October
by his wife, Jean

Saturday, 01 November
Vigil of All Souls Day
by John and Barbara (Powlick) Petrousky

Sunday, 02 November
All Souls Day
(3rd anniversary)
by her family

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18 / 19 OCTOBER

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,238.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $38.00 from the plate; $90.00 from the Dues envelopes; $145.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $165.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $70.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,746.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $140.00 from the Mission Sunday envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,746.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($269.31), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($311.91), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($308.04), the sum total of which is $889.26, one sees that $856.74 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $600.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $60.00 from the plate; $60.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $90.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $42.00 from the loose.
Total: $852.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $62.00 from the Mission Sunday envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($852.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($231.00), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($336.72), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($215.85), the sum total of which is $783.57, one sees that $68.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Tuesday, 28 October
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 30 October
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 31 October
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Tuesday, 28 October
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm
concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Friday, 31 October
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers (Evening Prayer) at about 07:30 pm
followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy,
concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

stjos/stvdp: 10.26.2014 - 02

died on Tuesday, 07 October 2014. His death was unexpected.
Born on 12 May 1975, he was 39 years old.
Kris is the son of Kevin B. Hanley and Melissa A. (Mallams) Hanley.
He was a member of the Church of Saint Mary, Rutherford NJ. It was there that he received the Sacraments of Christian Initiation: Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.
Kris’s family connection with St. Vincent dePaul Parish goes back to his great-grandparents, Charles and Anna Simononis, whose daughter, Helen Simononis Mallams, is his maternal grandmother. All of the above are deceased, but were members of the parish.
Melissa, Kris’s mother, is the daughter of George A. and Helen (Simononis) Mallams. She remembers fondly the time she spent in Girardville when she was a child, as a result of which she chose to bring Kris’s mortal remains “back home”.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Kristoffer was celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Saturday, 25 October, at 11:00 am.
The interment took place in the parish cemetery in Englewood (Frackville).
Eternal rest grant unto Kristoffer, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
In the bulletin of 12 October, the pastor — ever the cockeyed optimist — said that we would have heat in St. Vincent dePaul Church “next weekend”, meaning 18/19 October. Well, we did not have heat last weekend. Nor, I regret to say, do we have heat this weekend (25 / 26 Oct).
I am totally embarrassed. I should not have been so confident two weeks ago! I repent in sackcloth and ashes! I’m looking for a good excuse. The best I can come up with is “Murphy’s Law”. You know what that is, don’t you? Everything takes longer than you thought it would take!
I really should refrain from all predictions! However, I am going to go out on a limb and say: I am reasonably certain that we will have heat next weekend. If we don’t, I shall be looking into the possibility of accepting a chaplaincy in the French Foreign Legion.
Meanwhile, please send money! This is an expensive project!

stjos/stvdp: 10.26.2014 - 03


1) “When one does not profess Jesus Christ, one professes the worldliness of the Devil.”

First homily, 14 March 2013

2) “The Prince of this world, Satan, doesn’t want our holiness, he doesn’t want us to follow Christ. Maybe some of you might say: ‘But, Father, how old fashioned you are to speak about the Devil in the 21st century!’ But look out because the Devil is present! The Devil is here… even in the 21st century! And we mustn’t be naïve, right? We must learn from the Gospel how to fight against Satan.”

Homily, 10 April 2014

3) “[The Devil] attacks the family so much. That demon does not love it and seeks to destroy it. [...] May the Lord bless the family. May He make it strong in this crisis, in which the Devil wishes to destroy it.”

Homily, 01 June 2014

4) “It is enough to open a newspaper and we see that around us there is the presence of evil, the Devil is at work. But I would like to say in a loud voice ‘God is stronger.’ Do you believe this, that God is stronger?”

General audience, 12 June 2013

5) “Let us ask the Lord for the grace to take these things seriously. He came to fight for our salvation. He won against the Devil! Please, let us not do business with the Devil! He seeks to return home, to take possession of us… Do not relativize; be vigilant! And always with Jesus!”

Homily, 08 November 2013

6) “The presence of the Devil is on the first page of the Bible, and the Bible ends as well with the presence of the Devil, with the victory of God over the Devil.”

Homily, 08 November 2013

7) “Either you are with Me, says the Lord, or you are against Me… [Jesus came] to give us the freedom… [from] the enslavement the Devil has over us… On this point, there are no nuances. There is a battle, and a battle where salvation is at play, eternal salvation. We must always be on guard, on guard against deceit, against the seduction of evil.”

Homily, 11 October 2013

8) “The Devil plants evil where there is good, trying to divide people, families and nations. But God… looks into the ‘field’ of each person with patience and mercy: He sees the dirt and the evil much better than we do, but He also sees the seeds of good and patiently awaits their germination.”

Homily, 20 July 2014

9) “The Devil cannot stand seeing the sanctity of a church or the sanctity of a person, without trying to do something.”

Homily, 07 May 2014

10) “Note well how Jesus responds [to temptation]: He doesn’t dialogue with Satan, as Eve did in the terrestrial Paradise. Jesus knows well that one can’t dialogue with Satan, because he is so cunning. For this reason, instead of dialoguing, as Eve did, Jesus chooses to take refuge in the Word of God and to respond with the power of this Word. Let us remind ourselves of this in the moment of temptation…: not arguing with Satan, but defending ourselves with the Word of God. And this will save us.”

Angelus address, 09 March 2014

11) “We too need to guard the faith, guard it from darkness. Many times, however, it is a darkness under the guise of light. This is because the Devil, as Saint Paul, says, disguises himself at times as an angel of light.”

Homily, 06 January 2014

12) “Behind every rumor there is jealousy and envy. And gossip divides the community, destroys the community. Rumors are the weapons of the Devil.”

Homily, 23 January 2014

13) “Let us always remember… that the Adversary wants to keep us separated from God and therefore instills disappointment in our hearts when we do not see our apostolic commitment immediately rewarded. Every day the Devil sows the seeds of pessimism and bitterness in our hearts. … Let us open ourselves to the breath of the Holy Spirit, Who never ceases to sow seeds of hope and confidence.”

Speech, 18 June 2013

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stjos/stvdp: 10.26.2014 - 05

The following appeared in the
“Dear Abby” syndicated column on 14 October 2014

After 10 years of marriage, my now ex-husband told me he is transgender. He isn't taking hormones, but he makes no attempt to hide his feminine dressing, makeup and wigs from our 6- and 9-year-old sons. They understand little of their dad's new life, other than that their dad likes "girl stuff." They often tell me they are embarrassed being with their dad in public when he has his nails painted or is wearing female clothing.
I have tried talking to my ex about this, but he becomes resentful when I bring it up. He feels he can do whatever he wants regardless of how he embarrasses our sons. Do you think I could take him to court to have an order put in place that he not dress like that when he has our children?

You could discuss it with your divorce lawyer, but I don't think it would work. It would be much better if you asked your ex to explain to his boys the reason he's dressing in female attire so they can understand it. Your husband is not going to change, so they are going to have to interact with him until they are quite a bit older.

I think I can come up with a better answer than the one Abby offers. So, here it is:
Abby seems to think that there is no legal remedy to your dilemma. I’m not so sure about that. It would all depend on the judge. There are still a few members of the judiciary who are legally sane and would immediately understand and be sympathetic to your entirely reasonable objections to allowing your little boys to visit your ex, who is — quite obviously — out of his cotton-picking mind. But, if you do decide to take this matter to court, don’t ask that the father be required not to dress like a woman or to use makeup when he has the boys. Ask, instead, that the father’s visitation rights be terminated. If this is not granted and if your ex’s visitation rights are re-affirmed, then I suggest that you take your sons and move to another state — preferably a state that is far, far away from the state where your ex lives, which, I presume, is New York. Consider Hawaii. I think Hawaii is pretty far from New York. Or consider Alaska, also pretty far. In other words, make it as difficult as possible for your ex to visit the boys or vice versa. You might even consider Yukon Territory in Canada.
Whatever you do, don’t accept Abby’s advice that you “ask your ex to explain to his boys the reason he’s dressing in female attire so they can understand it”.
Why do I say this? I say this because there is nothing to understand!
I say “nothing to understand” because sin, by its very nature, is irrational and is a departure from the Order of Reality. You must not give your sons the impression that there is something “rational” and “real” to be understood.
Sin is not something with which we dialogue. Sin is something from which we flee in horror.
You simply tell the boys something that is both true and charitable: “Boys, your poor old Dad is doing something very wrong. He is probably sick in his mind. We must pray for him.”

stjos/stvdp: 10.26.2014 - 06

The St. Vincent dePaul Parish Holy Rosary Society will begin selling tickets for the Cash / Lottery Tree next weekend: 01 / 02 November.
The tree will be chanced off after the 08:30 am Mass on Sunday, 30 November.
To date, the lighted, decorated tree contains $160.00 in lottery tickets, $150.00 in cash and $100.00 in Redner’s gift cards.
Chances are $2.00 each or three for $5.00.
SAINT JOSEPH RECTORY will not be available for CCD classes this weekend. We need to do some repairs in the Rectory. When the work is completed, the Rectory will be available again.
IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN when we move the Sunday 11:30 am Mass from St. Joseph Church (i.e. “upper church”) to St. Joseph Chapel.
So, please note that, starting NEXT Sunday (02 November) and continuing until the Northern Hemisphere of Planet Earth starts once again to cozy up to the Sun, the 11:30 am Mass will be “downstairs”.
You know, of course, why we make this move. We do it in order to conserve on heating oil.
The upper church will continue to be available for funerals, weddings and bar mitvahs during this time.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS continue to take orders for subs. This is the final weekend for placing your order. Only $5.00 for a delicious sub around which to wrap your teeth and gums. Grand Knight Wade O. Richards will be glad to take your order in the Sheridan Room or in the back of St. Joseph Church this weekend.
As usual on the last Sunday of the month, the 11:30 am Mass today (26 Oct) will be celebrated according to the Extraordinary Form in the upper church (St. Joseph’s).
Also as usual on the last Sunday of the month, there is a 10:00 am Mass celebrated according to the Ordinary Form in the chapel of St. Joseph Church.
ONE OF THE MOST SINFUL THINGS a person can do is to repeat an unfounded and derogatory assertion about a fellow human being. If that “fellow human being” happens to be a priest, the sinfulness factor is multiplied exponentially because a priest is so closely identified with Jesus Christ. It does not relieve one of responsibility if he or she says, “Well, I am not the one saying such and such but I’m just telling you that some people are saying such and such.” That’s horsefeathers! Those who originate the nasty story and those who repeat it are all one and the same as far as God is concerned.

stjos/stvdp: 10.26.2014 - 07


Can anyone identify the priest in this photo?
Can anyone identify anyone in this photo?
Can anyone identify the “occasion” of this photo?
It was taken (apparently) on what is now the playground behind St. Joseph Church.
A member of St. Joseph Parish came across this photo and would like to know.
(I’d like to know too!)


We’re glad you asked.
It is slightly confusing this year because All Saints Day (01 November) falls on a Saturday and All Souls Day (02 November) falls on a Sunday.
It’s really very simple and, if you pay attention to the next few sentences, it will save you from calling the Rectory and asking, “What’s up?”
In regard to ALL SAINTS DAY
Yes, All Saints Day continues to be one of the six Holydays of Obligation.
When All Saints Day falls on a Saturday, there is no OBLIGATION to attend Mass.
Ya got that?
There is no obligation to attend Mass ---- which is not to say that it wouldn’t be a fine idea if you did anyway! There will be only one All Saints Day Mass in Girardville, viz. the 08:00 am in St. Joseph Chapel.
In regard to ALL SOULS DAY
Next Sunday, which would normally be the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, will be observed as All Souls Day. The normal Sunday obligation is in effect, as well as the normal Sunday Mass schedule.

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